Bundle of joy
✿ Surgeons remove the uterus, cervix and part of the vagina from an organ donor along with the uterine vessels. ✿ The uterus can survive outside the body for at least six – eight hours if kept cold. ✿ Donor’s uterus is connected to the recipient’s vagina, uterine vessels are redirected to large blood vessels. running outside the pelvis ✿ Recipient’s ovaries are left in place, Fallopian tubes aren’t connected to transplant. ✿ Recipient must wait for a year to heal before having IVF. ✿ If successful, children will be born. by C-section. Transplanted uterus can be removed after having one – two children.
Why uterine transplant
✿ Adoption gives legal motherhood, surrogacy can give biological child, but transplant ensures a woman legal, biological and gestational motherhood. ✿ Only transplant wherein postdelivery patient needn’t be on long-term immunosuppressant therapy, as transplanted organ can be removed following completion of pregnancy.
Who Can donate
✿ Cadaveric donors; brain-dead woman less than 50-year-old, but no uterine pathology. ✿ Live donor; any woman related to recipient (mother, sister or daughter) with normal uterus and obstetric history. ✿ Potential donor can donate up to the age of 60.